WSU's Football Ops Bldg. taking shape

THE STRUCTURE AND CLADDING of Washington State's $61 million football operations building will be completed in November and the interior build out will be done in June. But the five-story, 84,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is already beginning to take form, as the following photos attest.

As noted in an earlier CF.C story with associate athletic director John Johnson, the facility will be the first football operations building ever constructed at WSU. A virtual tour from Johnson:

THE FIRST FLOOR features – in every sense -- the locker room.

"It's going to be a country-club-looking place … with branding all over the place," Johnson said. "A state-of-the-art locker room. It'll just be a gorgeous place."

Some details are still being finalized, Johnson said, but the locker room will include "lounge furniture," a cold plunge tub and "five or six televisions."

Also on the first floor -- the only floor without views of Martin Stadium and the Rogers Field practice area, since it is below Rogers Field – will be rooms for equipment, storage, laundry, interviews and studying.

THE SECOND FLOOR of the brick building -- "Designed to fit into the campus" -- includes an 11,000-square-foot weight room, a nutrition bar ("A re-fueling station for our athletes") and offices for the strength and conditioning coaches.

THE THIRD FLOOR, open to the public, is dedicated to the history of WSU football. Photos, trophies and other memorabilia will be on display, and a walkway connects the student union building (the Cub) with the north campus.

THE FOURTH FLOOR will feature meeting rooms, including a 160-seat auditorium, and various audio-visual devices will be set up on the floor -- it also includes a dining area for all WSU athletes. That area will be used to welcome former Coug lettermen in all sports on football game days.

THE FIFTH FLOOR will house the coaches offices. There also will be a conference room, offensive and defensive staff rooms, football operations staff offices and an office for the football sports information director.

THE FOOTBALL OPERATIONS BUILDING is being funded with $46 million in bonds and $15 million left over (by design) from the $80 million requested as part of the Martin Stadium upgrades that were completed last year. Naming rights are being sold for various parts of the building and the building as a whole.

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